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weaning off my Topamax (presc. for migraines)

Posted by Kathai on August 22, 2004, at 17:15:56

In reply to Re: Topamax, crow, posted by headachequeen on August 10, 2004, at 17:25:07

Hi all, I am new to this site, doing research after prompting from my mother (I'm 35!). About a year ago my neurologist prescribed topamax after I suffered terrible migraines for years. For this past year, I took it at night before I went to bed. The only side effect I've noticed is crazy, racing dreams, and waking at every sound (which makes sleeping really difficult, since I have two dogs and a snoring husband). Even the dr. has been surprised that I've had no weight loss! (I was really looking forward to THAT side effect!)
I have slept terribly and am very sensitive to sound - my husband's snoring just about is throwing me over the edge. Because of this, my frequent distrubances at night and the dreams - Since I sleep terribly, I decided two weeks ago to try taking it in the AM instead of the PM. I still have dreams sometimes - I have history of having vibrant dreams almost every night anyway - but I noticed right away overall I slept SO MUCH BETTER. Also, seemed to have less of an appetite during the day.
HOWEVER...I went away on vacation and forgot to bring the meds. I saw a chirpractor who was also a nutritionist, and he told me I sounded like a heroin addict the way I talked about being terrified of missing s dosage, or my neurologist leaving the practice, etc. It made me wonder. I want to be drug free. Maybe if I start exercising and eating right I will be ok? I stopped taking the topamax. It has been a week now. I have been fine. Last night, terrible sleep. I woke up and took fiorcet at 4am. Today, a headache. I am wondering if the topamax is wearing off...I am wondering if I will get better, or if I will get worse in the long run.
By the way, I just read my bottle and realized the dosage is really low - 25mg, two tablets a day.
anybody have any advice? I have learned alot after stumbling upon this site this morning, thank you.
PS I do have hair loss...I am learning more about side effects; I haven't figured out over the past year what are side effects vs. regular life stuff




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